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U-M Box Updates
Recent Activity Displayed in Box
Box is continuously looking for ways to improve collaboration. One way is by adding new activity features to make it easier to see who updated a file and how.
Late last year, Box added the ability to quickly see who’s looked at or edited a Box Note recently. This “Presence” feature displays user avatars in the header of Notes. Now Box brings a similar experience to the Box Web App for all file types. Collaborators, with permission, will see avatars in the header of the Preview page whenever other collaborators have recently previewed, edited, or commented on that file. This change will gradually roll out beginning April 18, 2018 and finish by April 30, 2018. Learn more about this update.
U-M Box March Summary
Box Drive now General Availability
Last June we announced that Box Drive (formerly Box for Desktop) was available in a beta version. Since then, Box has been adding functionality and it is now in General Availability (GA). This means that Box Drive is now a Core app and part of the official Box Apps. Be sure to keep Box Drive updated to the most recent version for full functionality.
You can now lock and unlock files in Box Drive! Right-click on the file and select Box > Lock file.
Box is working on the ability to mark files for offline use in Box Drive and we’ll announce that once it’s available and tested.
Important: If you currently use Box Sync, please read Making the Switch from Box Sync to Box Drive before installing Box Drive.
Learn more with the Getting Started with Box Drive Guide.
Box Drive is available to download in the Box Apps.
Single File Collaboration in Box
To make it easier to invite someone to edit a file, Box launched the ability to ‘invite collaborators’ to individual files (previously collaborators could only be invited at the folder level.) Ownership still remains at the folder level. View the Box Sharing Update to learn more. You can also find additional information in the Box Community documentation.
Spring Collaboration Services Training
The ITS Collaboration Services team is happy to offer a spring series of instructor-led training sessions to U-M faculty and staff. They are offered at no-charge and open for registration via My LINC.
- April 13, 1-3pm, Arbor Lakes, Building 3, Dome Conference Room
- May 11, 1-3pm, Shapiro Library PC Lab (2054)
- March 21, 1-3pm, Shapiro Library PC Lab (2054)
- April 25, 1-3pm, Shapiro Library PC Lab (2054)
May 14, 10-11am, Wolverine Tower Training Room 1 (G010)
March 20, 2-3pm, Wolverine Tower Training Room 1 (G010)
April 11, 10am-noon, Shapiro Library PC Lab (2054)
April 3, 2-3pm, Wolverine Tower Training Room 1 (G010)
March 9, 2-3pm, Wolverine Tower, G228
Does your department or unit have a more specific need? Submit a Learning Request to the Collaboration Services team.